Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships and Awards

If you have questions concerning scholarships, fellowships, or awards, please contact the Graduate School at gradschool@pdx.edu.

Below is information for the scholarships and awards administered by the Graduate School. Please see the details of each scholarship/award to view the eligibility requirements and the application procedures.

Find information about Graduate Assistantships.


Graduate School Scholarships and Awards Administered through Scholarship Manager: Monroe M. Sweetland Endowed Community Leadership Scholarship, Rosemary and Robert Low Memorial Award, and Elsa Jorgenson Award.

Scholarship applications open at 8:00 AM (PDT) on October 1 and close at 11:59 PM (PDT) on February 1. Online letters of recommendation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM (PDT) on February 1.

Please read: In order to apply for these scholarships, you need to be admitted to or have applied for admission to a graduate degree program at PSU beginning in Fall 2020. You do not need to have received information that you have been officially admitted to a graduate degree program to apply for scholarships, but you must be admitted to a graduate degree program and the university in order to receive any of these awards.


Monroe M. Sweetland Endowed Community Leadership Scholarship 

Click here for details

The Monroe M. Sweetland Endowed Community Leadership Scholarship will be awarded to an admitted graduate student in the School of Education, the School of Social Work, or the College of Urban and Public Affairs. Requires 6 or more credits graduate registration per term toward the program requirements and successful completion each term. Award is merit-based with financial need a consideration. 

Robert and Rosemary Low Memorial Award

Click here for details

A cash award in varying amounts will be awarded to a graduate degree student at Portland State University with physical disabilities in academic years when funding is available. Requires 6 or more credits graduate registration per term toward the degree requirements and successful completion each term. Award is merit-based with financial need a consideration. 

Elsa Jorgenson Award

Click here for details

One or two cash awards of varying amounts in academic years when funding is available will be awarded to students admitted to graduate degree programs in the departments of Biology, Chemistry, English, World Languages and Literatures, Geology, and Physics; requires a tuition remission from another source. Requires 9 credits minimum graduate registration per term toward the degree requirements and successful completion each term. Award is merit-based with financial need a consideration. 


Other Scholarships, Awards, and Funding Resources Administered through the Graduate School

The following scholarships, awards, and funding resources do not utilize the Scholarship Manager on-line application system. Please see the details of each to find out about the individual application process.


Marie Brown Travel Award

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 crises, the university has suspended all non-essential, university-related travel until further notice.  Due to this, the Graduate School will pause review of all applications for the Marie Brown Travel Award. We hope to restart the application and award process once travel restrictions are lifted.

This award fund is the result of a generous bequest from the will of Marie Brown, who was a member of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research from its foundation in 1964 until her retirement in October 1987. It is the intention of the Graduate School to recognize outstanding work of PSU graduate degree students and to contribute to their professional development in their own fields by helping to fund their travel to distant sites for scholarly purposes. Awards will be given in varying amounts up to the maximum award per student of $400.00 per program or degree. The total disbursement in any term is variable, depending on the amount available and the applications received. Due to very limited funds, preference will be given to doctoral students.

WAGS Master's Thesis Award and Innovation in Technology Award

The Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) provides four awards recognizing distinguished scholarly achievement: an Outstanding Master's Thesis Award (STEM and non-STEM options), an Outstanding Master's Thesis/Project Award in the Creative, Visual, and Performing Arts, and an Innovation in Technology Award (master's or doctoral level). Nominations must be submitted by the student's thesis or dissertation adviser to the Graduate School.

Distinguished Master's Thesis Award (STEM)

Distinguished Master's Thesis Award (Non-STEM)

Distinguished Master's Thesis/Project Award (Creative, Visual, and Performing Arts)

Innovation in Technology Award